When talking about non-edible products, many of us don't stop to think if they are able to expire. This is the question we are addressing today regarding toothpaste. Should you use expired toothpaste, and if so, how long can it be stretched after the expiration date?
Why Toothpaste Has an Expiration Date
To understand if using expired toothpaste if safe, we have to understand why it has an expiration date in the first place. According to the FDA, toothpaste is considered a drug due to fluoride, the active ingredient that is effective in promoting healthier tooth enamel and preventing oral health problems. Fluoride doesn't rot, it doesn't spoil, but it does become less effective if left to sit for an extended period of time.
What this means is using a toothpaste that has expired, simply means it isn't as effective at doing its job as before. We recommend that the maximum amount of time you use toothpaste after its expiration date is a week to ensure that you are receiving the effects of fluoride. If you see that your tube of toothpaste well past its expiration date, it is best to get a new one. Using a toothpaste that has gone a month past its expiration date won't provide much benefit for your teeth.
What Kind of Toothpaste Should You Use?
The type of toothpaste you use comes down to your needs. If you are in need to enamel repair, teeth targeted at those with sensitive teeth would be what you want to look for. When it comes to general use, we recommend an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste of your choosing- just remember to use it before the expiration date to get your money's worth!
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